From Model to Practice: Building Successful Online Learning Programs at JeffCo

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Listen to Judy Bauernschmidt, Director of Online Learning at JeffCo Public Schools, talk about how the district grew their use of online learning from the initial professional development program to …

Listen to Judy Bauernschmidt, Director of Online Learning at JeffCo Public Schools, talk about how the district grew their use of online learning from the initial professional development program to district-wide use of blended learning plus a stand-alone virtual school. Understand how this growth addressed the district’s student achievement issues while ensuring that 21st Century skills were being taught in all classrooms by qualified teachers.

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  • Only 51% of respondents are meeting all the online learning demands of their students while 96% know that students demonstrate improved learning when technology is integrated into the curriculum
  • Also, we know schools are still struggling to get ALL courses taught by highly qualified teachers while offering ALL of the courses that students want to take at times they want to take them
  • The Project Tomorrow research helped guide is towards this solution by showing us that each stakeholder in learning communities sees value in using the power of technology in K-12 learning environments.
  • Pushed by highered, business, and community leaders.


  • 1. From Model to PracticeBuilding Successful Online Learning Programs at JeffCo
    John Canuel, Vice President, blackboard global k-12 education strategy
    Judy bauernschmidt, Director Student Online Learning & Jeffco's 21st Century Virtual Academy, JeffcoPublic Schools
  • 2.
  • 3. Districts are Challenged to Meet Student Demand for Online Learning
    Total % Agreeing
    Strongly Agree
    Source: Blackboard/Education Week Survey of Online Learning Preparedness (2010). n=1,962
  • 4. Personalized Pacing and Outside Learning Time
    Total % Agreeing
    Strongly Agree
    Source: Blackboard/Education Week Survey of Online Learning Preparedness (2010). n=2,001
  • 5. What Are Students Saying?
    • 38% of students who have not taken an online courseare interested in doing so
    • 6. 63% of students identify online learning as a must-have component in their “ultimate school”
    • 7. Over 40% of students are currently communicating with theirteachers electronically and over 70% of students are communicating with friends and family through text, email, and IM
    • 8. Over 70% of high school students have access to a computerand 67% have access to a cell phone
    Technology is a daily part of students’ lives and should be integrated into their school lives.
  • 9. Judy Bauernschmidt
    Director Student Online Learning & Jeffco's 21st Century Virtual Academy
    Jeffco Public Schools
    Golden, CO
  • 10. Largest school district in Colorado
    85,000 students, 34th largest school district in the U.S.
    155 schools
    17 high schools, 20, middle schools, 94 elem, 10 option schools
    State Funding per pupil $6,695
    Currently, district is cutting $40m+ from budget
  • 11. District Challenges
    Address Traditional Student Achievement Issues
    Ensuring 21st Century Teaching/Learning in a Digital World
    Supporting 21st Century Community & Staff
    Keeping up with students- digital natives
  • 12. It Starts With Leadership
    Superintendent and School Board
    Shared Vision and understanding
    Widespread support of district administration
    Chief Academic Officer
    Collaborative environment with central departments
    Supporting all departments and schools
    Online Ed Leadership
    Organizational Leadership
    Academic Instructional Leadership
    Vision coupled with structural & detailed knowledge of online education
  • 13. District Policies - Jefferson County School District R-1
    The district believes online education can serve as an effective tool for providing
    educational opportunities for students and staff.It is a valuable resource expanding
    educational opportunities for students at all levels of achievement. Online courses can
    provide, enhance, supplement and enrich district curriculum and creates additional
    means for instruction and collaboration. Online/distance learning opportunities allow
    schools and teachers to extend curricular opportunities to students that add value to the
    educational process for the purposes of increasing overall student achievement.
    Online education courses will be a part of the district instructional program to increase
    accessibility and flexibility in the delivery of instruction. As the goal of the district is that all
    students will graduate with meaningful choices for their future as a result of the quality
    instruction and rigorous curricula in Jeffco Schools, curriculum developed for the online
    environment will maintain teaching/learning pedagogies that are aligned with district
    expectations. To assure high quality learning opportunities, the district will ensure quality
    curriculum and quality instruction for online courses.
  • 14. School Board Policy
    Graduation requirements
    Jefferson County Public Schools are committed to preparing students for the 21st century. One part of that preparation is a pre-collegiate, rigorous curriculum that prepares students for success in the next step of their lives. Success in college or in work requires strong academic preparation. A pre-collegiate, rigorous curriculum prepares students to choose admission to universities, community colleges, or apprenticeships. Being prepared for the 21st century requires the appropriate use and application of technology. Because of that, all courses are expected to use technology and on-line learning as a part of the instruction in that content. All course work is expected to infuse skills necessary for success in the 21st century. Those skills, in addition to the use of technology, include:
    Information processing and analysis
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    Interpersonal skills and self direction
    Global awareness
    Financial, economic, and business literacy
    Entrepreneurial skills
    Civic literacy
    Skills for continuous learning
  • 15. Online Education within the Organization
  • 16. Online Education within the Organization
    Educational Technology
  • 17. Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing!
    Common, Core, Systemic Platform
    Digital Teaching and Learning Platform
    Core application
    99.9% reliability
    Worry about the right things
    Interface with other core systems/data
    User friendly
    Common look and feel across the organization
  • 18. Where do we start?
    What are the needs?
    District-wide: Budgets, students leaving, college level courses, Dropout/graduation rate
    Departments: GT, homebound, outreach, sped
    Schools: Transition grades, FTE, HQ teachers
  • 19. Focus Groups
    Consultant Role
    Site Visits- site based needs
    Work with central departments- GT, Dropout Prevention, Student Outreach, ELL
    Determine needs based on feedback
    Present ideas for resolutions
  • 20. Working with Schools & Departments
    Online Courses available to all high schools at no cost
    Free, but required professional development for teachers who want to learn to teach online
    Course Development: Teachers district-wide creating online courses
    Professional Learning Community with all online teachers and admin
  • 21. Course & Content Development
    3rd Party Content & Services:The same process will be conducted for 3rd party content & services which will include skill building contents , academic support programs, and services
    Jeffco Developed Courses: District developed courses based upon CAP will be at the core of our student online offering.
    3rd Party Courses: For courses we don't develop, a nation-wide, RFP-based, search is conducted to identify course providers.
  • 22. Jeffco Online Delivery Model
    Credit Recovery
    Virtual Academy & Local High Schools
    Mastery-based courses for students who need to recover lost credit while mastering essential learning skills.
    Full Time Online
    Virtual Academy
    Content, instruction, andsupport for courses are fully online. For students based on need or desire for full virtual education.
  • 23. Jeffco Blended Delivery Model
    Blended Options
    Traditional face to face instruction that utilizes Blackboard, online courses, and other digital resources to extend the learning experience and expand the learning space.
    Students take some courses in regular face to face environments and some courses in full time online environments.
    Courses that blend traditional and online classroom experiences. Classes can be divided into cohorts. Classes meet F2F one day a week.
  • 24. Blended Learning used in Jeffco Schools
  • 25. Going Modular…
    Curriculum Alignment
    Response to Intervention
    Individualized learning paths
    Playgrounds- supporting GT/ALP (areas of giftedness)
    Based on student academic needs
  • 26. Jeffco’s 21st Century Virtual Academy
    Colorado Statewide Online Public High School
    Option School in Jeffco- working with all schools
    Three enrollment options available for students
    Curriculum, Connection, Community
  • 27. Connections with Schools
    • Counselors and online teachers
    • 28. Monthly updates offered to all groups within the district.
    • 29. PLC’s
    • 30. Consistent communications with all counselors district-wide
    Enrolling students based on need and working with schools- developing reciprocal relationships
    • Working with school district calendars- graduation
    • 31. Meetings & communications with schools/departments on changes and updates
  • Community
  • 32. BuildingCommunity Online
    • Events and Fieldtrips: Monthly social school-sponsored events and academic fieldtrips
    • 33. Clubs: Book Club, Outdoor Adventure, National Honor Society, Destination Imagination, Yearbook, Ski/Board Club, Anime, Gamers
    • 34. School assemblies, orientations,
    conferences, dances, Graduation
    • Communication and Connection:
    Weekly communications, monthly newsletters, monthly parent & student training, Coffee Chats
  • 35. As a result…
    All high school students in Jeffco have the option to enroll in full online courses
    Jeffco high schools offering hybrid courses, full online, and
    online enhance
    Course Development: 43 courses and growing
    Trained 500+ teachers district wide
    District teachers creating courses and sharing in online course repository
    7500+ students taking at least one online or blended course in Jeffco.
    Of the largest 50 school districts nationwide, Jeffco now ranks 5th in graduation rate.
  • 36. Middle School
    Moving to Middle School
    • J21VA currently enrolling MS students
    • 37. Current Needs:
    • 38. Students who need flexible schedules, advanced math, and world language
    Middle School Development
    • District-wide Middle School Implementation in 2011-12
    • 39. Training 5 middle schools- 100% staff training in April 2011
    • 40. Demand from local schools is higher than anticipated
  • Elementary School
    • Elementary Model
    • 41. Homeroom Model
    • 42. Parents looking for options before kindergarten
    • 43. Very different model compared to secondary
    • 44. High parental involvement
    • 45. High success rates
    • 46. More home school interest
    • 47. Supplemental Online Programs
    • 48. Before or After school enhancement programs
    • 49. Online clubs
    • 50. Learning Modules
  • 51. Ways to Learn More and Get Started
    Webinar: Adopting A Blended Learning Approach
    • Thursday, April 7, 2pm ET
    • 52. Join us for an in-depth discussion on blended learning led by two experienced practitioners, Amy Hance and Pam Willingham. Hear about the many teaching and learning objectives they are meeting through the implementation of a blended learning program. Also learn how the two districts have grown the level of adoption by their faculty over time by championing accomplishments of the program.
    JeffCoDay – Come Visit!
    • Thursday, May 5, 8:00am-3:00pm in Golden, CO
    • 53. Join us for the day at JeffCo Schools to learn firsthand about their experience with building online learning programs for Colorado’s large district. Participants will hear directly from students and teachers on topics of blended and fully virtual learning, as well as online professional development.
    Planning Guide for Online Learning
    • The Planning Guide is a self-assessment tool that helps you evaluate your school or district's online learning readiness or progress. Based on your self-assessment, the Guide provides customized recommendations of online learning solutions that best fit your needs.
    Call Us!
    • We would love to hear from you! Call us anytime at 800-424-9299, Option 4
  • Judy bauernschmidt
    Annie Lewis
    John Canuel
    Contact Information